Charities & Social Enterprise Solicitors

Advising charities, not for profit enterprises and more

As one of Scotland’s leading providers of legal services for the Third Sector, we work with charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and housing associations.

We provide specialist legal, regulatory and commercial advice, ensuring that our clients are able to meet their charitable or social objectives whilst also complying with all of their obligations.

Our clients include many of Scotland’s largest charities, as well as key sector bodies such as Community Energy Scotland, Business Improvement Districts Scotland and Scotland’s Towns’ Partnerships.

We provide a comprehensive range of services, including advice on: choice of corporate structure for your charity or social enterprise; corporate governance and constitutional issues; directors’ and charity trustees’ statutory duties; fundraising and financing arrangements; trading activities and establishment of trading subsidiaries; tendering for and delivering public services; restructuring and reorganisations; and strategies for growth and expansion.

Whatever area you operate in and no matter the size of your organisation, our aim is to fully understand your objectives and support you in the delivery of  your services and projects in a way which maximises opportunities and minimises risks.

Harper Macleod LLP’s team applies its ‘expert knowledge’ to the range of regulatory, commercial and constitutional charity law matters. The ‘approachable and clear’ James McMorrow leads the team, which includes the ‘very commercial’ Jennifer Jack and solicitor Kelly Sleight, whose expertise includes data protection matters. THE LEGAL 500

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Why choose us?

Our team has vast experience in the third sector and social enterprise environment which means we can tailor our legal advice specifically to your needs.

We run regular free clinics on areas such as corporate structures, investment and intellectual property.

Charities and third sector organisations can often benefit from discounts on many of our standard fee rates for legal services such as company incorporations, registered office services, HR & employment law and general legal advice.

We also offer fixed fees to help you control your costs and achieve your goals in a cost effective manner.

Our key services include:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate structures
  • Data protection
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Fundraising, including crowdfunding
  • Governance
  • Intellectual property
  • Operational issues
  • Planning & environmental
  • Procurement
  • Property law
  • Regulation and compliance matters
  • Risk management
  • Social franchising
  • Sponsorship

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